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Boost for Wales as Coleman gets ready to sign two-year extensions

Published 23/05/2016

Chris Coleman
Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman has agreed a two-year contract extension to lead Wales in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Coleman, who succeeded the late Gary Speed in 2012, has guided Wales to Euro 2016 — the country’s first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

But Coleman’s current deal expires after the tournament and talks have been ongoing over new terms for the 45-year-old.

The Football Association of Wales have called a news conference today when it is understood that Coleman’s contract extension will be announced.

Coleman, who will attend with the FAW’s chief executive Jonathan Ford and president David Griffiths, had hoped that his contract situation would be resolved before the Euros. But in March he suggested Welsh football needed to change behind the scenes and has admitted he misses the day-to-day involvement of club management.

But the 32-times capped former defender has now agreed to try and build on Wales’ recent success and attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

His squad head out to Portugal this week for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp in the Algarve.

But they will be without star forward Gareth Bale, who is preparing for Real Madrid’s Champions League final with Atletico Madrid on Saturday, and Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley, who remains doubtful for Euro 2016 after fracturing his leg.

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